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Xavi: Loss hardest of my career

2014-06-14 09:05

Salvador - Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez said Friday's 5-1 Soccer World Cup loss to the Netherlands was the hardest of his career.

AS IT HAPPENED: Spain v Netherlands

The defending champions were uncharacteristically dominated in their Group B opener, to put themselves in a likely must-win situation for their next two matches in order to reach the elimination stages.

The 34-year-old Xavi says "this is the hardest loss of my career. It was a terrible match, a debacle. We did everything wrong."

The Barcelona midfielder, who was making his 134th appearance for the two-time European champions, has won 26 major trophies in his career with club and country including three Champions Leagues and seven Spanish leagues.

Despite the blow, Xavi remained optimistic ahead of Wednesday's game against Chile, saying "the positive is that we're still alive."

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